Chaotic reception as Tevez joins Juventus

Carlos Tevez sealed his move to Juventus on Wednesday after four controversy-filled years at Manchester City and was handed the unenviable task of trying to emulate club hero Alessandro Del Piero.

Italian champions Juve announced his arrival with a picture of the Argentine striker holding up Del Piero's old number 10 jersey alongside club president Andrea Agnelli.

A statement said he had reached a deal to sign a three-year-contract. There was no word on the transfer fee but media reports have put it at 12 million euros.

"The Argentine is used to winning. He has done so wherever he has been," Juve's website added.

Del Piero spent almost 20 years at Juve, helping them win the 1996 Champions League and sticking by the club when they spent one season in Serie B in 2006/07 after being demoted for match-fixing.

He left for Australia's Sydney FC last year having broken almost every Juve record in the book. Michel Platini and Roberto Baggio also famously wore Juve's number 10 shirt.

Handing Tevez the ex-Italy striker's former shirt is a mark of intent from Juve, who have won the Serie A twice in a row without a big name forward but are now targeting renewed European glory.

Coach Antonio Conte has rotated between any two of Sebastian Giovinco, Alessandro Matri, Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella, who have shared the goals evenly between them.

Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente joins Juve next month.

Matri could now be sacrificed to suitors AC Milan, who had been tracking Tevez.

Earlier Tevez was whisked to Turin after hundreds of fans greeted him amid chaotic scenes at Milan's Malpensa airport.

Television pictures showed Tevez being mobbed by fans before being taken back into the terminal by Juventus staff and put into a car via a side entrance.

During his seven years in England the spotlight, whether positive or negative, was never far from the 29-year-old.

Tevez, along with fellow Argentine Javier Mascherano, arrived at Premier League side West Ham United in 2006 from Brazilian club Corinthians and had an immediate impact.

West Ham, struggling to remain in the top flight, were rescued from relegation by Tevez who scored the only goal in a win against Manchester United on the final day of the 2006/07 season.

CONTROVERSIAL MOVE

Despite the success of Tevez and Mascherano, their registrations were owned by third parties - a contravention of Premier League rules.

West Ham were fined for their role in the transfer deals, but Tevez had worked his magic and was promptly on his way to Manchester United.

At Old Trafford, Tevez helped the side to two league titles, the 2008 Champions League and 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.

But his relationship with manager Sir Alex Ferguson soured and he sealed a controversial move to United's arch-rivals Manchester City in July 2009.

Following his arrival, an infamous billboard stating 'Welcome to Manchester' with a picture of Tevez in a City shirt made his former employers at United boil.

Tevez's first two seasons at City were highly productive and he wore the captain's armband during the 2011 FA Cup victory against Stoke City, which broke a barren run of 35 years without a major trophy for the club.

Having previously handed in a transfer request to leave City, Tevez had a public falling out with manager Roberto Mancini in September 2011 when he refused to warm up as a substitute during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich.

Fined two week's wages, Tevez returned to Argentina for almost four months where he was often pictured playing golf.

It looked likely he would be sold in the January transfer window, but the talisman returned to England in February 2012 and contributed to Manchester City's first Premier League title in 44 years.

Tevez scored 17 goals in his final season at the club last term as their hopes of retaining the title faded and he faced off-field drama following his admission of driving while disqualified and without insurance.

With Tevez entering the final year of a lucrative contract and new manager Manuel Pellegrini at the helm, City were keen to reduce a sky rocketing wage bill to comply with UEFA's financial fair play rules and avoid a potential free transfer.

His departure could open the door for a new arrival such as Napoli's Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, with City having already recruited Jesus Navas and Fernandinho in the close season.


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